How Important Is A New System's Launch Lineup To You?
Obviously, a strong launch lineup is important for any new video game system.
But if you ask gamers about the reasons they bought a console, the initial titles is only one of many reasons. The question is, how much stock do you put into the launch games for a brand new machine?
There are some veteran collectors - mostly from the old school - who simply must have any new console that's released, so the launch lineup is almost irrelevant. Then you've got those who are looking to the future; they've done a lot of research and they're lying in wait for the games they really want. Others aren't even pinpointing specific titles; they're just weighing the system itself. In other words, they're evaluating its power, capability, reliability, price, etc.
In the PlayStation world, you will find a great many fans who bought a PS platform based on the promise of something huge. For instance, how many do you think bought the PS3 because of Final Fantasy XIII? Little did they know the game would eventually go multiplatform. Also, remember how huge Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was? It was arguably the first true-blue system-seller for the PS2. And that's the key: Will there be any system-selling titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when they debut later this year? I suppose you could mention Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 and Forza 5 for the Xbox One...but is that enough?
Personally, I do put a lot of stock in a launch lineup. But I also look to the future; I expect certain things, and that's part of the reason I pick up a new console. How about you?
7/24/2013 9:52:24 PM Ben Dutka